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Welcome to Part II of our Funding a Makerspace Blog Series! Today we will discuss how to use State Grants to fund a makerspace. At 1st Maker Space, we want to make it easy to create and sustain your makerspace by helping to navigate the educational funding jungle. There are several grants provided through the Indiana Department of Education out of the State budget. These grants grew out of a recognition that STEM, Digital Learning, and High Ability are areas within education that need extra funding support to be successful and ultimately move the economy forward. We are a state...

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You have a vision. You have dreamed the dream of students making and creating rather than just doing what they have always done. You want a makerspace. The big question most of our clients face is…how do we pay for one? It can be difficult to find funding for something new and innovating in a school culture that doesn’t support innovative spending. Navigating grants, donations, school budgets, and the changes that happen yearly is challenging. At 1st Maker Space, we want to make it easy to fund your makerspace by helping you find the funding you need to ignite your...

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With summer fast approaching, it is hard to imagine planning for next year already. In the MSD of Lawrence Township, they have been diligently planning makerspaces at their two STEM Certified Schools, Indian Creek Elementary and Skiles Test Elementary, for over a year. We have worked with the fantastic team at MSDLT to design and build makerspaces at both buildings that will provide a launching point for rich student problem-solving experiences. Today we delivered a majority of the items for both buildings and were so thrilled to see it all come together! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork Kim, Mary, and Adam delivering makerspace items...

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It’s not a Printer – It’s a Piano By Kim Brand, CEO/President of 1st Maker Space, LLC Now that the buzz has faded from the urgency to have every student master 3D printing by 3rd grade (we did our part: training over 1000 kids how to use them our summer camps), it’s time to assess the outcomes of this experiment. Expectations are everything. In the case of 3D printers, the hype with which 3D printing was introduced far exceeded the reality. For a few thousand dollars what early adopters bought was a problem delivery device. I say that because we...

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And you’ll like it a lot better.   All of these items and were made on a laser cutter. 1st Maker Space began selling 3D printers in 2015 – what seems like a lifetime ago. We ultimately sold, loaned or gave away hundreds of them. We hosted summer camps, trainings and public exhibits for over 2,000 kids and adults. We still have over 40 ‘3D Printer cadavers’ we are giving away to creative students who want to turn the old bones into new electro-mechanical projects. (Send me an email if you are interested.) I’ve trained dozens of teachers on how...

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